Dr. John VanDenBerg
Former President and Co-Founding Partner
Dr. John VanDenBerg was truly a pioneer in the field of wraparound. He managed the first statewide demonstration of the wraparound process (Alaska), wrote the first professional article on the process, and did the first systematic training on wraparound, in 1986. John managed the first demonstration of cross-agency statewide wraparound process, the Alaska Youth Initiative. He has been a tireless champion in the development and improvement of the wraparound process, which now reaches over a half million families worldwide.
Dr. John VanDenBerg has led a number of innovative efforts to establish integrated systems of care in the U.S. and Canada. He has delivered over 3,000 on-site training and consultation days in communities across North America. He has been honored with many national and international awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking work to improve the field of human services. Dr. VanDenBerg has consulted with the federal government, state and local departments of child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, education, including special education, and developmental disabilities, as well as with private foundations and private agencies around the U.S. and Canada. He is internationally recognized as a leading authority on innovative services applications, and on the integrated system of care and wraparound process development for persons with complex needs and their families.
Dr. VanDenBerg lives on a beautiful mesa outside Paonia, Colorado. He is married to the artist and printmaker Janene Parks VanDenBerg, and has three adult children: Rain, Will and Maggie. John retired in 2012 to spend more time with his wonderful wife and his growing brood of grandchildren. He now has time to do all the organic gardening, fishing, and woodworking he wants.